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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/28/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (25-10-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (22-12-3)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +106 / Toronto Maple Leafs -137 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSOH, RSNO
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Friday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 24 goals, Mitch Marner has 38 assists and Morgan Rielly has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 74 goals on 965 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 22 goals on 238 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 23 goals, Artemi Panarin has 28 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 69 goals on 793 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 36 goals on 313 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in each of their last eight games.

The Maple Leafs are 13-6 in their last 19 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest The 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Maple Leafs are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 15-4-3 in Maple Leafs last 22 overall. The under is 7-1 in Blue Jackets last 8 overall.

The Toronto Maple Leafs probably should be favored here based on the major rest advantage, as they've had several days off and the Columbus Blue Jackets played in an overtime game last night. However, the Blue Jackets are playing better defense than the Maple Leafs right now and they've won seven of the last 10 meetings against Toronto, which includes a 4-2 win in the last meeting about a month ago. I'll take the Blue Jackets on their home ice and the plus money.

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets +106

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